Definition of shunt noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃʌnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌnt//
    Motoring problems and accidents
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  1. 1(British English, informal) a road accident in which one vehicle crashes into the back of another See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
  2. 2(medical) a small tube put in your body in a medical operation to allow the blood or other fluid to flow from one place to another If the artery is too narrow, a small 4mm shunt is inserted to widen it.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘move suddenly aside’): perhaps from shun.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shunt

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